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Description: Ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, Poultry meal, Wheat, Fish meal, Corn gluten, Beet pulp, Poultry fat, Fish oil, Brewer's yeast, Dicalcium phosphate, Salt, Liver digest, Choline Chloride, Sorbic acid (used as preservative).

Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Vitamin b12, D-Panthothentic acid, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Maganese, Cu, Iodine, Cobalt, Selenium, Glucosamine, MSM.

Feed analysis:
Protein (minimum)...................18.0%
Fat (minimum)....................... 6.0%
Fibre (maximum).................... 4.0%
Ash (maximum)...................... 5.0%
Calcium (actual).................... 1.05%
Phosphorus (actual)................ 0.84%
Digestible Energy....................3180 KCAL/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat March 4, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality grains and filler

The primary ingredient in this food is a grain (it should be meat!). Corn is a problematic grain in dog food, difficult to digest and a very common cause of allergies. This is an ingredient we prefer not to see used at all, and certainly not as the main ingredient in the food. Corn appears a second time at 5th on the ingredient list as gluten - this is a waste product for which the AAFCO definition is "that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup".

The use of wheat (third ingredient) is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food.

The second ingredient is a low quality meat product. It is a meal made from the carcasses of a variety of fowl, but the origin is unidentifiable. If origin cannot be determined, then neither can quality. The same complaint is made about the ingredient poultry fat. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative"

Fish meal is the 4th ingredient and another meat product in the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

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